Volkswagen introduced the ‘bus’ concept to the world back in 1949, and it has gone on to capture the hearts and minds of generations afterwards. It really had been used for everything, and in the 2000’s, the vehicle is considered iconic, early split screen versions fetch some big money; in some parts of Europe you’ll easily be looking at $100,000+ for a show vehicle.
Despite rumor saying that the Microbus will be available in 2017, there is still very little real information available, even less that has been actually confirmed by Volkswagen.
2017 Volkswagen Bus Release date
Rumor says that the 2017 Volkswagen Microbus will be on sale at the end of 2017, but given that nothing has been revealed about the specs (even whether it is pure Electric Vehicle, Hybrid or traditionally powered), we’d be surprised if we see it that soon; normally at this point, we’d have seen spy shots of a vehicle, but there has been nothing.
2017 Volkswagen Bus release date: late 2017
2017 Volkswagen Bus Price
This is where things get difficult; pricing will be entirely dependent on what the Microbus will be – Electric, Hybrid or Internal Combustion. At the lower end of the pricing, we would expect to see a starting price of around $29,000, however, if VW go the all electric route, we think you’ll be looking closer to $37,000 as a minimum.
2017 Volkswagen Bus Video
2017 Volkswagen Bus Redesign and Changes
Given that this will be a brand new model, we don’t need to look at changes, rather, what we expect to see if the Volkswagen Microbus does make it to production.
One thing is for sure – Volkswagen’s development chief, Hans-Jakob Neusser has said that any concept for the Microbus must retain three key points for design; a wide, solid D-pillar, boxy design of the center section and very short overhang.
2017 Volkswagen Bus Specs
Powertrain could be a traditional internal combustion motor; 2.0 liter turbo charged 4-cylinder producing 200 BHP or all electric – Volkswagen are confident of producing a vehicle with a range of between 250 – 300 miles thanks to the physical size of the Microbus, packaging the electric system would be relatively easy, or perhaps VW would go for the best of both worlds – a hybrid.
We think that VW will be concentrating more on full EV as they reduce the need for diesel power – it seems as though the problems with emissions has hit them harder than the world realises – they were close to going under.
Looking at the renderings available, you’d have to say that this new Microbus will carry on where the last one left off – capturing the world’s attention thanks to its fantastic looks.
2017 Volkswagen Bus Images